Baking this basic pie crust is easy and will result in a delicious crust for both your sweet and savory dishes. You really only need a few ingredients, but this pie crust is tasty and goes well in every recipe.
This Basic Pie Crust Is Perfect For Your Baking Needs
Time to start baking!
To start, gather your butter, which is needed to make the dough soft. You can use other fat sources, like vegetable oil, canola oil, or ghee.
For the dough, you will need all-purpose flour, which is very easy to use and versatile. However, you can use other types of flour, such as whole-wheat, bread, or cake.
You can also use gluten-free alternatives, including chickpea, almond, or potato flour. Keep in mind, though, that the baking time may change, as will the final texture.
While it is not ideal, if you have leftover Bisquick or pancake mix, you can use it too. The pie crust may be a bit weaker and flakier. If you use this mix, make sure to check the instructions on how to prepare it.
All that is left is the salt and water, then you can begin mixing, and shaping the dough. This part is key, along with letting the dough cool in the fridge for a few hours to get a real strong pie crust.
Once your pie crust is cooled, you can fold it into shape and use any decorative look you need. You can then bake it and use it immediately, either for a pot pie, an apple pie, or anything you like.
If you don’t feel like using it immediately, you can pre-bake it for immediate use later on. Otherwise, you can save the dough for a few days in the fridge, until you are ready to use it.
A basic pie crust can become a useful tool for later on, whether you need to bake a dessert or a savory meat pie!
Basic Pie Crust
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (192 g) all-purpose flour
4 to 5 tbsp cold water
1/8 tsp salt
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well, until you create a dough.
- Shape the dough into a flattened disk. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 min or overnight.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
- On a floured board or surface, roll the dough to a 12-inch (30 cm) round. Place the dough circle into a 9-inch (23 cm) glass pie pan, gently pressing against the side.
- Trim the dough edge, but leave a 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang. Fold the edge and pinch to create a decorative look.
- You can now fill the pie crust with desired filling and bake as directed.
- For pre baked crust, preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C). Line the dough with foil and fill the pan with pie weights ( pennies, dried beans , or marbles).
- Bake the pie shell for 10 to 12 min.
- Remove the foil with all the weights and bake it for another 15 to 20 min or until golden. If the shell start to puff while baking, use the back of a spoon to press it down.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.